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UPDATE: Gov. Walker listed as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Sitting in the sunlight on his 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol is how the rest of the world is now viewing Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).

That's the picture of Governor Walker Time magazine chose for his profile on their list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. 

The list is split up into five different categories and Walker is one of only 20 in the list of "Leaders".

Thursday morning, Governor Walker tweeted: "Humbled by the honor of being named to #TIME100." 

"It's not surprising that Walker is on that list," said Ken Mayer, a political science professor at UW-Madison.

The impact of Walker's inclusion on the prestigious list isn't lost on Wisconsin's top political experts.

"When you see other states trying to follow the practices that have been set by a given Governor, almost by definition that makes him influential," said David Canon, a colleague of Mayer's in the UW Political Science Department.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is who authored Walker's profile:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a potential foe in the 2016 Republican race for the White House.

"Leadership takes many forms in public office and one of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Scott Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors," wrote Christie.

Christie praises Gov. Walker's handling of the uproar over his 2011 budget repair bill, which stripped most collective bargaining rights from public sector workers and caused thousands to protest at the Capitol.

"You might be able to make the case that this is a sign that Christie may not be running in 2016, but that's all real speculation," said Mayer.

But if Walker makes a presidential run in 2016, inclusion on the Time 100 should only help.

"For people outside of Wisconsin, who are not closely engaged with politics, this could put him on their radar screen over and above the kind of audiences he would get going to Iowa, going to New Hampshire," said Mayer.

But the experts say it likely won't have much impact on this year's race for Governor.

"I think this has a bigger impact on the national scene than it does here in Wisconsin.  Most people here have already made up their minds about Scott Walker," said Canon.

The only other likely Republican presidential candidate to make the list is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

His profile was written by fellow Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who praises Paul for his authenticity and for forcing people to rethink the Republican Party.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- In a tweet Thursday morning, Governor Scott Walker had this to say: "Humbled by the honor of being named to #TIME100." 

That's right, Time Magazine has listed Walker as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world. 

In an article written by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he states "leadership takes many forms in public office and one of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Scott Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors."
Christie goes on to write: "Walker's battle to bring fairness to the taxpayers through commonsense reform of the public-sector collective-bargaining laws brought him scorn from the special interests and a recall election.  Despite these threats, he stood tall.  The article also states his reforms have brought tax reductions to his citizens and economic growth to his state.  Public workers are allowed the freedom to choose whether or not to belong to a union.  Wisconsin has been made a better place to live and work." 

"What was his reward?," asks Christie. "A resounding “re-election” in 2012 after the failed recall, prosperity for his state and the satisfaction of knowing that the public does recognize and appreciate an officeholder with the courage of his convictions.  Walker is one of those leaders."

Click here to read the article.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have reaction to this news, including a look at the potential impact on Gov. Walker's national profile, tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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